School Visits

Discovery Visits at Carisbrooke Castle

Sandford Award Winner 2022!

Book an award-winning Discovery Visit workshop and let our experts bring the history of Carisbrooke Castle to life for your class. Through hands-on learning activities including role-play, object handling and trying on costumes, you and your class will delve deeper into the story of the castle and the people who lived there. Our session is designed to support your teaching of the curriculum and learning back in the classroom.

Who Lives in a House like this? Castle life from Anglo Saxons to Victorians

Drama, History, Speaking & Listening
KS2, KS3

Go through the Carisbrooke keyhole and meet the people who lived there over the last 1000 years. Try on costumes and step into the shoes of kings, ladies and soldiers. Follow the clues in our treasure map to unlock the secrets of Carisbrooke Castle and let our interactive timeline guide you through its history in times of war and peace.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/4 hours
  • £100 per session
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Water, Wells and Donkeys: Life in the past at Carisbrooke Castle

Design Technology, History, Science
KS1, KS2

Through role play, practical activities and sensory exploration, your class will learn how the community at Carisbrooke Castle survived during a siege, how the treadwheel in the well house was powered, and what the role of the donkeys at the castle was in the past and today. By the end of the session, you will see the treadwheel in action, create a working wheel-operated model and meet and greet one of our resident donkeys. This session is particularly suitable for SEND groups so please let us know your requirements when making your booking. To help you prepare for your visit, please contact us for our Carisbrooke Castle Social Story.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/2 hours
  • £100 per session
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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.

Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.

Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip! 

  • Facilities
    • CASTLE GROUNDS: The castle grounds are open.
    • EXHIBITIONS: The castle's Guardhouse, offering an introduction to the site and its history is open.
    • MUSEUM: The Museum is open to visitors. Please check the main Carisbrooke webpage for further information on opening times.
    • PARKING: Free car park 100m from main entrance and space for 8 coaches. 
    • TOILETS: Toilets are located in a separate block inside the courtyard. An accessible toilet is located in the central courtyard. Toilets can be used by bubbles on a one in, one out policy. Additonal hand sanitising stations are available in various locations.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds, and there is a large picnic area with benches and tables.
    • SHOP: There is a shop selling a wide range of books, gifts and Charles I themed souvenirs. We require you to bring your students in small groups at a time.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Currently unavailable.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are four parking bays for Blue Badge holders near the castle entrance. Disabled drivers may park within castle courtyard, and disabled passengers may be set down there. The well house and ground floor of museum are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Due to the steep stairs, the wall walk and the upper floor of museum are inaccessible to wheelchair users.

    Site Map

    Carisbrooke Site Map

  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments.

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • November-March: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday 

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

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